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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count
Date Posted: 2/12/2009 2:36 PM ET
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Is anyone else participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend?  It starts tomorrow...this will be my first time. 

Seen any unusual birds this winter?  I saw a hooded oriole last week, but they are not due until mid-march.  Maybe he was a straggler.

Couldn't find a nature/outdoors forum, but I also posted this in the animal forum.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 5:27 PM ET
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We're participating!  We look forward to this each year.  It's a good opportunity for us to seek out migratory birds that aren't year-round residents.

Date Posted: 2/13/2009 11:47 AM ET
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We've been watching from the windows this morning and have seen American robins (a migratory visitor), blue jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, mourning doves, and northern cardinals.  We'll take a "nature walk" in a bit to see which others we can spot.  I know we'll see black vultures and/or turkey vultures when we do that.

Date Posted: 2/13/2009 12:01 PM ET
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I have only seen a woodpecker here twice.  I even bought a suet feeder for them, but the scrub jays like it more. 

I was filling my finch feeders this morning and I got dive-bombed by two goldfinches!  They are so funny right now, i guess they are being aggressive for their food b/c it's time to nest plus they are so used to seeing me around so they are not afraid.  I am going to wait until my boyfriend comes home to do the count plus it's drizzling right now.  Other than the finches I also saw the usual mourning doves and house finches.  I'll update more when I do my count this afternoon.  Have fun!

Subject: birding
Date Posted: 4/30/2009 1:32 AM ET
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i saw your post, and noted that it was posted a few weeks ago.  I just wanted to touch base with you, and tell you about the birds in my yard.

i live in a 5th wheel in a county park as a park host.  we have a wonderful array of birds here in oregon, on a daily basis i see osprey, bald eagles, red tail hawks, and small hawks, we have an opeleated woodpecker, and a variety of smaller woodpeckers. there is an screech owl in one of the trees, and he can be quite loud when on the hunt at night,  i have 6 hummingbird feeders, we live on a rivers, so we have canadian geese, and several other varieties. then we have more robins than we do worms, there are a number of species of finch that come thru, as different times of late winter and early spring.  then of course since we are near a large farming and logging area we have more ravens and crows than you can count when they are headed to their rook at night.  i always look for the redtail hawks when i hear the crows going nuts, it is amazing to watch them dive bomb a tree where a hawk is attempting to hide.  we keep suggesting to our supervisor that she should apply for an grant thru one of the big bird organizations, as we have every bird come thru our park sometime thru the year. I hope you had fun on your first birding trip.  a little about myself, i am a young medically retired, i have lots of time to read sew, or bead.  i use to write a medical newsletter, but it became a real chore after 5 yrs. so i gave that up.  i like to pick an author and read everything they have written, then try to keep up with the new things they have coming out.  i just finished ken folletts pillers of the earth, then had to order the sequil.   feel free to contact me.   Barb